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Offshore windmills for lake get mixed spin

But lake-lovers from Hamburg and other shoreline communities said at the County Legislature hearing that they see offshore windmills as a blight, especially for a once-polluted lake that has been revived. ...the Power Authority has yet to decide where the up to 166 windmills will stand in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in a combined undertaking.
10 Jun 2010

Litchfield wind turbine plan concerns residents

In Steve Shrey's view, wind turbines have little redeeming value. They are destructive to property values, often don't produce much energy and present a risk to the health of the residents who live in their shadow, he said. And, Shrey learned Wednesday night, there's always the prospect that a giant ball of ice could hurl off of the massive blades.
10 Jun 2010

Some residents turn on wind turbine project

A large portion of Sauquoit Valley may be filled with farm land, a new type of farm has neighbors up in arms, wind farms. Save Sauquoit Valley Views is a group of Sauquoit residents trying to fight industrial sized wind turbines from being built just miles from their homes. ...Residents opposing the turbines say they stand to loose more than just their views of the Sauquoit Valley.
9 Jun 2010

Wind farm developer set to apply again

Horse Creek Wind Farm's developer said Friday that an application for the project will be submitted again. On Thursday night, the joint town and village Planning Board voted down a measure to extend a suspension of consideration of the project for a third yearlong period.
6 Jun 2010

Horse Creek project denied extension

The joint village and town Planning Board, meeting Thursday night, balked at a third year of inactivity on Iberdrola Renewables' proposed 62-turbine project, which was in the middle of its state environmental quality review. If Iberdrola wishes to build the wind power project now, the company will have to submit a new application ..."Last year, I sat at this table and said I wouldn't vote for another extension," board member Paul E. Heckmann said
4 Jun 2010

Lawsuit ruling being appealed

Clear Skies Over Orangeville is appealing last month's State Supreme Court ruling against the group's lawsuit. The group sent notices to Invenergy and the town last week. ...State Supreme Court Judge Patrick NeMoyer ruled in April that Town Board members did not act unlawfully when they approved the town's 2009 zoning ordinances.
21 May 2010

A 'mega-region' wind deal

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise president Tom Kucharski said the three agencies recognized the potential for jointly marketing "compelling regional assets" like a diverse transportation network, binational location and strong Great Lakes wind pattern several months ago. The result is a new bi-national wind partnership dubbed CanAm Wind Energy.
21 May 2010

Orleans wind panel cites pros and cons

The Orleans Wind Economics Committee suggested measures to ensure the best rewards by wind power development. The town's overlay district in the southwestern portion of the town could host eight turbine locations under Iberdrola Renewables' proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm.
20 May 2010

State tightens wind turbine safety rules

The state Public Service Commission will order all wind power developers to certify that emergency control systems will shut turbines down during loss of power as a result of a turbine collapse more than a year ago, according to a news release Thursday. A wind turbine collapsed March 6, 2009, at Noble Environmental Power LLC's Noble Altona Wind Park in Clinton County.
17 May 2010

Code of ethics is gone with the wind

Despite the fast-tracking of an industrial wind turbine facility that would allow noise levels in the quiet countryside of Orangeville to become intolerable, and the questionable methods used by the Town Board of Orangeville in passing zoning laws that allowed industrial wind turbines to be placed at unsafe distances from Orangeville taxpayers' homes, a Buffalo judge dismissed the Article 78 (lawsuit) brought by concerned citizens.
14 May 2010

Galloo lines focus of suit

Henderson's legal arguments in opposition to the Galloo Island Wind Farm, which focus primarily on the project's transmission lines, will be rendered moot if the line location shifts. Henderson filed state Supreme Court action in February asking a judge to annul the town of Hounsfield Planning Board's site plan approval for the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm.
14 May 2010

Clayton wind vote rejected safety findings

This letter is to bring to the forefront an injustice that has occurred. On April 26, Clayton Town Supervisor Justin Taylor and Councilman Don Turcotte voted to reject the new town law regarding wind turbines. They rejected not only the findings of the independent, unbiased firm they hired to review the original local law, but also the recommendations of their citizens' wind committee.
14 May 2010

Perry kills Dairy Hills project application

The proposed Dairy Hills wind farm application has been declared null and void. The Town Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to stand by the deadline set at its March meeting. The board also voted unanimously to enact a 12-month moratorium to revisit its wind energy law. A public hearing on the moratorium has been set for 7:30 p.m. June 2.
13 May 2010

PSC seeks details from wind farm developer

"This Commission takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that the electric corporations it regulates provide safe and reliable electric service," said Commission Chairman Garry Brown. "As we continue to encourage and promote development of new wind farms in New York State to help us create greater amounts of renewable energy, we must make sure that those installing and operating wind turbines do so properly, and with all necessary safeguards in place."
13 May 2010

Galloo Island Wind Farm Delay

Proposed wind farm projects may not get off the ground due to recent refusals to purchase wind produced electricity. The New York Power Authority was the main buyer until recent refusals to participate in the wind farm project purchases, including the Galloo Island Wind Farm Project in development stages.
13 May 2010

‘Windfall' targets turbines; Documentary looks at one N.Y. town's wind farm saga

"Windfall" explored how the prospect of wind farms divided the rural town of Meredith, N.Y. Some residents of Meredith wanted to lease their land to energy companies hoping to construct 400-foot wind turbines in order to make money and reduce the country's dependence on oil. Other residents were concerned with how far the wind turbines would be placed from their homes because the noise from the turbines would keep them awake at night and cause discomfort.
10 May 2010
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